Tanzanian star Diamond Platinumz’ quest to compete for the Best International Act prize in the upcoming BET Awards is in limbo.
Days after his nomination, some of his country people are up in arms, and, in an online petition, have called on BET Awards to disqualify him.
“Diamond Platnumz has failed to show basic concern and publicly express any solidarity with his fellow artists,” part of the petition read.
This comes days after Tanzanian government through one of the parliamentarians endorsed his nomination and asked Tanzanians to support him.
“Tunaomba Diamond Platnumz asaidiwe kushinda tuzo anayogombea, in the name of the country,” MP Nusrat Hanje said.
Diamond will be battling against other African artists including Nigeria’s BurnaBoy and Wizkid.
BET Awards 2021 is scheduled for Sunday, June 27, with a live show audience from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.